Preston is Gaige’s big brother. Preston just wants life to be back to normal for his family.
I don’t even know where to begin! This article is so powerful and although it’s our story, it’s surely a lot different reading it myself. Sadly, we have adjusted to our new normal. A new normal I never thought would be here! Reading this brings me to tears and I have read it over and over again and I still sit with tears but also a smile! I cry because I cannot believe this is us, yet I smile because Gaige’s cancer diagnosis does not and will not define him. His bravery, strength, and courage does! With each new day comes new strength and new thoughts. “There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other” and that’s exactly what is happening here! We face the reality of Gaige’s diagnosis with determination that he will be able to fulfill his dream, play baseball! Like other children his age, Gaige still swings his bat in the cages, plays catch, dreams of being back on the field and enjoys the great outdoors But, he has challenges that most grown adults will never have to face. 99% of the time I only share the “good” of Gaige’s journey with childhood cancer. I do this because it’s our mission to stay positive and to let good days stay in the front of our minds to keep us focused! I refuse to let him feel defeated as giving up will never be an option here. In the famous words of one of Gaige’s baseball coaches Greg Wade, “seek and destroy.” Well that has an all new meaning here for us as Leukemia sought Gaige, but he will destroy it! We are claiming that and with love and the support from all of you! But there is also a harsh reality that we can never forget. Cancer is here and that’s the hard truth. The past 10 months have held some of the darkest moments of our entire life, but it has also opened up many doors for my son and has allowed us to create some of the fondest memories together with him as a family! Watching my child go through hell and not being able to do ANYTHING about it hurts more than words will ever say, but we will WIN. Cancer is real life for Gaige and many other children and their families and it’s unacceptable. I hope our story touches your hearts the same way it has mine. I hope it also allows you to find the good in every day and let it outweigh the bad. We share our story because it has and will continue to touch many of the lives around us. I can’t thank you all enough for all the love and support. Gaige’s story isn’t over yet. He’s going to be victorious and we are excited to share it all with you! Gaige has plowed through treatment, battled with grace, and has been an inspiration to many of those surrounding him. It is very unfortunate that Gaige’s cancer has been resistant to standard chemotherapy, but he continues to fight with a smile on his face and has been living his best life with the cards he has been dealt. He is in a desperate situation, keeping the face of hope while solely relying on his faith as he will soon take on the second half of his journey in Philadelphia for CAR T Cell immunotherapy. Not only will we be there for Thanksgiving, but we are barely making it back home for Christmas with an expected date of 12/21. Christmas is one of our most favorite holidays, yet this year will be much different. If I could explain in words how much it means to me that you all are going to dedicate your time, love, and generosity, and open your hearts for my family I would. There are just no words. Thank you sometimes just doesn’t seem big enough for heartfelt gestures such as this, but we are blessed beyond words to have you help our family this year and are so very thankful. Determination is key in this battle. Even Babe Ruth says that “it’s hard to beat the man that never gives up” and Gaige is the true meaning of that! It’s been said a time or two that whoever says winning isn’t everything clearly has never battled cancer and Gaige is here to win and with the help of all of our supporters. Kids can’t find cancer alone and neither can their families! This holiday season may be tough this year, but I am claiming a CHRISTMAS MIRACLE!! Thank you all again from the deepest part of my heart!